I cannot think of a better first time to lead a Homefans group. Rome was our destination and the ‘Derby della Capitale’ our objective, for sure. A very exciting and phenomenal AS Roma against SS Lazio was waiting for us and Homefans couldn’t miss that game!
We were with a group of 8 people, guys from Leeds, London, Glasgow, and Barcelona. A small group to guide in Rome and share good memories with. In the end that’s what we are looking for when traveling to these derbies. Despite the game was rescheduled on Saturday at 3 pm, we were getting to the Eternal City as soon as we could and finally, we managed to enjoy some beers before the game and take the taxi to the Stadio Olimpico.
From outside I can describe it as massive, you can feel the history there. The venue looks like that is taking you to other age, you see fans chanting and showing their scarves with pride. Street sellers wearing clothes as gladiators selling any Totti and Roma stuff and when you’re getting closer to the stadium, you can notice that you are attending to one of the biggest derbies in Europe.
‘Roma, Roma, Roma’ sing the local fans. The anthem is very melodic and it’s easy to follow. The Italian support is full of flags, scarves, smoke, solo choreo and pyro. Both ‘curvas’ were amazing, they didn’t stop singing throughout the whole game and with every goal, the whole stadium went crazy. During the game, we got beers and we were able to watch it together with local supporters, so basically we experienced it the local way in Rome.
After the game, we went out for a traditional Italian dinner and some drinks. It was also a good opportunity to learn more about each other and share experiences and stories about football. The day after the derby, we spent a great sunny Sunday in Rome exploring the Roman city and its heritage. In the end, we went to an authentic Roma supporter’ pizzeria, fully decorated with Giallorossi shirts, Totti autographed memorabilia. A great first weekend with Homefans and I can’t wait for the next trip!